RADFORD, Va.—Radford (13-11, 11-4 BSC) reversed, at its largest, an 11-point deficit in this Education Day rematch victory versus Longwood (10-14, 6-9 BSC). The early morning tip-off didn’t slow down the pace of the game as the Highlanders were led by four in double figures—Khiana Johnson, Amele Ngwafang, Makaila Wilson, and Jen Falconer.
Radford’s 88-points are the most points scored this season en route to tying a season high in assists at 18. The Highlanders also set a new season high in field goals made in the contest at 29.
Both teams had an explosive opening quarter, with Radford getting the one-point edge at 21 to 20. However, in the second period the Lancers adjusted on the Highlanders and held them to only nine points. Longwood commenced the aforementioned stanza with a 12-0 run lasting until the 4:28 mark, which extended their lead to 11 points, 32-21. Bryonna McClean broke the drought for Radford 11 seconds later on a made jumper just outside the paint. Moments later, Lancer Kyla McMakin’s jumper returned the lead to 11 but the Highlanders battled back to get within striking distance. Longwood’s 17 total points in the period allowed them to enter halftime with a seven-point advantage.
Exiting the break, Sydney Nunley and Johnson accounted for Radford’s opening seven points. Amele Ngwafang came alive for the Highlanders and her five points as well as defensive efforts kept them within a point or two of the opposition. Thanks to some crucial defensive stops and a layup by Tina Lindenfeld, Radford took the lead at 46-45 around the 3:41 mark. More free throws from Ngwafang, a three-pointer from Wilson, and a split trip from Rachel LaLonde at the charity stripe propelled the Highlander’s lead to seven heading into the final period of play.
Both teams had a dynamic fourth period with Radford scoring 34 points to Longwood’s 29. Starting out on an 8-0 run, the Highlanders were rolling from every spot on the floor. From there, they never looked back. Radford made 11 field goals, several three’s, and nine free throws in this stanza. A pair of free throws from Johnson with 26 seconds remaining, pushed the lead to 15 points over Longwood.
The Lancers’ McMakin marked 32 points on the day with three steals, a block, five assists, three rebounds, and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Longwood ended the game shooting 41.5 percent from the floor, 54.5 from deep, and 83.3 from the free throw line.
This quartet of Highlanders went off for a total of 59 points, led by Johnson’s 18. She came close to having another double-double, with nine assists in addition to five rebounds. Wilson and Ngwafang each posted 14 points. Ngwafang added a pair of steals, a block, an assist, and seven rebounds. Wilson knocked down her shots from every spot on the floor, only missing once from beyond the arc. In season high fashion, Falconer’s 13 points came in a diverse way from three-pointers and in close to the paint.
Coming off the bench for a career day was LaLonde. Through her nine minutes played she tallied nine points. LaLonde had a steal, a rebound, and made her first three-pointers as a Highlander going 2-for-3 from deep.
STAT OF THE GAME
Ending the game with a season high in points score at 88, the reserves for Radford also added 42 points.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Highlanders shot 52.7 percent from the floor, 50 percent from beyond the arc, and 64.6 percent from the free throw line on the day.
Radford’s Play4Kay Pink game will be Saturday, Feb. 22nd at 2 p.m. versus High Point at home in the Dedmon Center.
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